We are so excited to share with you that diVa™ laser vaginal therapy by Sciton has recently received exclusive approved indication for the treatment of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) by Health Canada. GSM is a new term that describes various peri and post menopausal symptoms and signs that affect woman as they age; including not only genital symptoms (dryness, burning, and irritation), and sexual symptoms (lack of lubrication, discomfort or pain, and impaired function, but also urinary symptoms (urgency, dysuria, and recurrent urinary tract infections). At 8 West Clinic in Vancouver, BC our plastic surgeons, registered nurses and medical aestheticians are experts when it comes to treating symptoms that affect female sexual health. Speak to one of our experts if you are looking for a way to improve vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, and urinary incontinence through non-surgical or surgical treatments.
Sciton diVa™ laser vaginal therapy is one of our most innovative and effective non surgical treatments, largely due to the fact that it is a quick, comfortable, no downtime solution to a woman’s most intimate challenges. Just like every other part of the body, the female genitals go through profound changes with age. Additional decline in vaginal health can be caused by various stages in a woman’s life such as childbirth, during menopause and even following events such as a hysterectomy or chemotherapy – that can lead to diminished vaginal health and function.
Laser vaginal rejuvenation aims to treat these issues by repairing and restoring the vaginal canal and surrounding tissue that may have suffered damage or change, following any of the milestones mentioned above. And that’s great news – but not all Laser Vaginal Therapy procedures are created equal. diVa Vaginal Laser therapy has been awarded as the 2019 Most Worth It procedure by RealSelf with 100% patient satisfaction!
Childbirth drastically stretches the vaginal canal as well as the surrounding tissue, resulting in damage to the vaginal walls and weakening of the pelvic floor. While the body does an excellent job at repairing itself, often these tissues will not return to the same state they were in prior to childbirth which results in varying degrees of urinary stress incontinence – the involuntary leakage of urine that occurs with sneezing, coughing, laughing, exercising, or other physical activity.
Menopause and other events such as a hysterectomy and chemotherapy, can lead to a reduction of estrogen levels in the body. This results in the thinning and drying of the vaginal walls, leading to painful intercourse.
All women experience a decline in vaginal health as they age or as a result of child bearing, menopause or a variety of other stages in their lives. The genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) is a new term that describes various peri and post menopausal symptoms and signs that affect woman as they age; including not only genital symptoms (dryness, burning, and irritation), and sexual symptoms (lack of lubrication, discomfort or pain, and impaired function, but also urinary symptoms (urgency, dysuria, and recurrent urinary tract infections). Sciton diVa™ laser vaginal therapy has received an approved clearance from Health Canada for the treatment of GSM symptoms, and notably is the only device in Canada with this distinction.
In simple terms, urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine (peeing when you don’t want to) and it is far more common than most people think. The majority of women will develop urinary incontinence to some degree.
Stress incontinence is the most common kind of urinary incontinence, especially among women who have given birth or who are going through menopause. In this case stress refers to physical pressure, when the bladder and muscles involved in urinary control are placed under sudden extra pressure, the person may urinate involuntarily. Certain actions may trigger stress incontinence, including:
During menopause, estrogen production slows and then stops. When that happens, a number of changes — many of them unwelcome — happen in a woman’s body. Periods become irregular and then stop. You may have hot flashes, mood swings, a deeper voice, and an increase in facial hair.
Vaginal dryness is another common symptom and one in every three women experience it while going through menopause. Vaginal dryness also can occur at any age from a number of different causes, including taking certain medications like Tamoxifen (breast cancer medication). While vaginal dryness is not dangerous, it can have a huge impact on sex life and be very uncomfortable. Fortunately, Laser Vaginal Therapy at 8 West Clinic effectively treats vaginal dryness, with this quick treatment that has no downtime.
The procedure preferred and offered by the experts at 8 West Clinic in Vancouver is a technological innovation created by world-renowned medical laser maker Sciton called diVa™Laser Vaginal Therapy. diVa™ utilizes the world’s first and only revolutionary Hybrid Fractional Laser (HFL) technology to resurface the layers of the vaginal wall, replacing it with brand new, healthy tissue. Increased layers of glycogen filled cells and blood supply provide increased lubrication, decreased pain with intercourse, and increased sensitivity. Deeper treatment results in strengthening of the pelvic floor and improvement in symptoms of urinary stress incontinence. This resurfacing laser includes unique HPA (high precision automation) technology to ensure the safest and best treatment outcome, by allowing full customization based on your age, symptoms and desired results.
This quick five-to-eight-minute procedure is performed in-office with a topical anesthetic. It involves the insertion of the ergonomically designed device into the vaginal canal, where the single-use strengthened quartz dilator remains stationary to expand and flatten the vaginal tissue using revolutionary hybrid laser technology, which delivers two laser therapies at once for a combined synergistic effect. The first laser deeply resurfaces the layers of the vaginal wall, replacing it with brand-new healthy tissue. The second laser heats the layers of the tissue where collagen exists.
Because the laser spins inside of the device, patients do not feel any movement whatsoever, resulting in a far more comfortable experience. As the hand-piece is rotated through the treatment area, pulses are delivered through a new section of quartz to ensure laser efficiency. The result: the quality of the vaginal tissue is significantly improved, and patients are left feeling revitalized (in that years-younger way we’re all looking for) with a renewed sense of self-confidence. There’s very little to no downtime; you can return to your regular daily routine immediately with minimal to no discharge, spotting or discomfort (just be sure to avoid sexual intercourse for at least 48 hours). Most patients can achieve optimal results with just three diVa treatments.
When it comes to laser vaginal therapy, there are many options available. However, unlike other procedures the Sciton diVa Laser Vaginal Therapy treatment has extremely high satisfaction rates and takes under 10 minutes to perform. Other procedures not only have a longer treatment time, but they may result in more discomfort and include more downtime or unpleasant side-effects than the sleek, comfortable and precise diVa device. The superior results, too, speak for themselves. Want to find out more? Contact 8 West Clinic today to have all of your questions answered.